Home-Start is a local community network of trained volunteers and expert support helping families with young children through their challenging times. They are there for parents when they need them the most because childhood can’t wait.

Having a young family can be a demanding time. And if other things come along too - bereavements, illness, depression, addiction, job loss or other misfortunes, life can get unbearable. During these hard times children can miss out too.

By focusing on individual needs, home-start helps families identify their own strengths, increasing their potential to make changes that will improve their lives. Home-Start is committed to supporting families that most need help and works hard to engage families who feel excluded within their community.

Did you know...

Across all four nations of the United Kingdom 16,000 volunteers support 30,000 families and 60,000 children to transform their lives.

44% of families who came to Home-Start for support told us they were lonely and isolated, and 41% of families said one of the parents had difficulties with their mental health.

94% of parents said that at the end of their support they felt less isolated. 96% of parents said their children’s emotional health and wellbeing improved.

What makes Home-Start UK different

At the heart of Home-Start’s work are teams of highly trained, creative, and compassionate volunteers. Last year 16,110 people volunteered for Home-Start including as home-visitors, group workers, trustees and fundraisers. Incredibly, our volunteers gave over 308,812 hours of their time to support the aims of Home-Start.

 Other ways to support

You can take part in a challenge to run, cycle or trek and ask your friends and family to sponsor you. Or you can get your business involved or run your own event.

If you want to support families, you can get in touch with your local Home-Start to find out how you can become a home-visiting volunteer, and when their next training sessions are running.


The Crescent, King Street

Contact Number

0116 464 5490